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personable because it's an acting job. i haven't made money at it because it's my hobby and my life. maybe one day i will make money at it. i'm not going to stop doing something i love. >> our mentor went through three days of auditions in austin, texas, and says he would do it all over again. thanks so much for joining us tonight. here's brian bolter with the news edge at 11:00. we begin with a tragedy that left a family from maryland dead. the family hoping to build a new life was killed in an instant. the family was from gaithersburg moving back to california when they were killed in a fiery crash in western nebraska sunday. tonight we're learning more about the family and the new life they hoped to build. fox 5's maureen umeh starts off the news edge. >> christopher and diana schmidt were moving back home to sacramento where they grew up, fell in love and had their two boys. diana was 30 weeks pregnant with their third son. it was supposed to be the start of a new chapter in their
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lives, but it ended before it even began. more risk tragedy unfolding on a western -- horrific tragedy unfolding on a western nebraska highway, two cars burned beyond recognition, a family of five killed in an instant. neighbors are in shock. >> the whole family, even the dogs and the cat. i mean it's terrible. >> reporter: christopher schmidt, his wife diana who was seven months pregnant with the little boy the couple was going to name ethan, their sons 3- year-old samuel and 2-year-old connor all gone. >> from the impact to the explosion there's no way they even knew what happened. >> reporter: brad bowman is diana's father. we spoke with him by phone from his sacramento home. he says he takes some comfort knowing his family didn't suffer. >> two things there, that they went instantaneously hoefully not even feeling anything -- hopefully not even feeling anything to all five souls going at once.
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>> reporter: chris an air force veteran had moved the family to maryland to take a civil service job with the department of energy. they stayed a year living in this gaithersburg apartment complex where they are remembered fondly. >> she was a very nice lady, the family, everybody. >> reporter: the schmidts wanted to get back to their roots in sacramento and were making the move in two cars, diana and the boys in the 2007 toyota corolla, chris in a 2010 ford mustang. the couple was using walkie- talkies to communicate. both cars were stopped waiting for authorities to clean up a fatal wreck involving two semi trailer trucks on interstate 80 in nebraska when another tractor trailer slammed chris' mustang from behind pushing the mustang into the toyota carrying diana and the two little boys. the toyota crashed into a truck in front of it. both cars burst into flames. >> from the impact to the explosion there was no way they even knew what happened. >> reporter: the driver of the tractor trailer has been charged with four counts of
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manslaughter. bowman says his family is trying to come to terms with what's happened trying to make sense of the loss of five beautiful lives in such a tragic way. a memorial service will be held next monday in sacramento and the schmidt family memorial fund has been set up. if you would like to contribute, we have a link on our website >> a heartbreaking situation. developing news now, still no suspect or motive in the shooting death of a central high school student. marckel ross was gunned down on old central avenue on his way to class. dozens gathered for a vigil in his honor tonight. fox 5's audrey barnes here with more. >> it is a tragic start to the school year at central high school, one of the brightest students there gunned down at 6:50 in the morning on his way to class. parents packed the auditorium at the capitol heights school to get the latest on the investigation. detectives don't have a lot to go on but are checking everything out.
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there's now a $25,000 reward for information that helps police solve the case. at a vigil for ross after back to school night classmates mourned the straight a student who they said lit up the hallways with fun and laughter. one thing they all had in common, a question. . why? >> i don't know if somebody just decided to be evil or if somebody was just mistaking him for somebody else or if he had something that they wanted and they took it. >> it's going to be that smallest tip that's going to close this case. there's going to be i saw a vehicle, i saw a person, a small description. >> as we said, you could receive up to $25,000 cash for information that helps miss solve this case. crime solvers is accepting anonymous tips and we're putting a link to that on ourself be with. d.c. mayor vincent gray --
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our website d.c. mayor vincent gray addressing the transgender community. >> it is a step in the right direction saying we are going to step out. we are going to be in the forefront and send the message that people who are transgender have as much a place in the district of columbia as nibbles. >> gray says all -- as nibbles. >> gray says all too -- as anybody else. tonight a libbian interior -- libyan interior minister says it was a manned operation that may have been timed -- planned operation that may have been timed to mark the anniversary. >> reporter: violence raining in the middle east as president obama vows to find those responsible for killing the u.s. ambassador to libya and three others. >> we are going to bring those who killed our fellow americans
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to justice. [ cheering and applause ] i want people around the world to hear me to all those who would do us harm, no act of terror will go unpunished. >> reporter: embassies in egypt and yemen scorned burning flags with threats against america. >> i don't have any speck information on report coming out of libya that there have been arrests. what i would say to that point is the libyans have expressed their concern over what happened. >> reporter: meanwhile we are learning more about the americans who died alongside ambassador christopher stevens. one of those men 42-year-old glenn doherty, a former navy seal whose family says he lived life to the fullest. >> he was my brother, but if you ask his friends, he was their brother as well. we ask for privacy during this
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time as we grieve for our friend, my brother, our brother, our son and our american hero. >> reporter: militants say the protest happened in response to an online video depicting the prophet muhammad in an unfavorable light. however, libyan officials say the attack may have been coincided to time with the 9/11 anniversary. in cairo leland vittert, fox news. will thomas is everywhere at 11:00. >> some parents are angry a teacher told students to draw pictures of the terrorist attack including the planes hitting the twin towers and people jumping out of windows. it happened at an elementary school in el paso, texas. parents say this isn't the right way to teach kids about what happened. the school district is looking into it. >> a man with ties to virginia charged with raping and beating a 73-year-old woman in new york central park. 42-year-old david mitchell spirit at reporters as he was led into -- spit at reporters
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as he was led into court today. mitchell is currently homeless. he has an extensive criminal record in both virginia and west virginia. day four of the chicago teachers strike and many students are ready to go back to school. in fact, some varsity athletes are worried they'll lose playoff and championship opportunities and maybe even miss out on scholarships if they can't take to the field. the chicago teachers union has not been able to strike a deal with city officials, at least not yet. still ahead art for everyone, a new mural is unveiled at one of the city's most popular landmarks. we'll take you there. >> i think everybody will like the weekend. there could be some areas of fog tomorrow morning. th should burn off quickly and we'll let you know if we'll get any showers out of that forecast. >> check out the rundown. we're back.
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the romney plan? tax cuts for middle class families. north american energy independence. create over three hundred forty thousand new jobs for virginia. [ romney ] i'm mitt romney and i approved this message. if you've driven through d.c., you may have noticed all the public art popping up. d.c. is now home to more than 40 murals and today a new one was unveiled outside one of d.c.'s most well known gathering spots. fox 5's matt ackland was there. >> reporter: everyonens ben's
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chili -- everyone knows ben's chili bowl and most will recognize the new faces outside from cosby to the president, the godfather of go go chuck brown and well known personality donnie simpson who uncovered his own picture. [ cheering and applause ] lause >> i look hot. >> the whole thing is such an honor to be up there with such incredibly successful people. >> reporter: murals are being ponted across the district turning a plan old ugly walls or those covered with graffiti into fascinating works of art. >> i'm just really happy that it's made and it's a gift to the city. >> reporter: artist karla carlisima was excited too show us her mural. two years she spent in the sweltering heat and freezing cold as she carefully painted d.c. monuments and 11 presidents. >> it helps you forget about the bad things that are happening or problems. when you see something
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beautiful, you just smile. >> reporter: the murals have also done a lot to cut down on the city's graffiti problem. typically once one of these murals go up, vandals don't touch it. the mural program is so popular there are bicycle tours to see all of them. the latest stop now will be at ben's chili bowl. [ cheering and applause ] ] in the district matt ackland, fox 5 news. we're monitoring metro now, five orange line stations closed this weekend for track work. metro will offer bus service between stadium armory and new carrollton. track work will take place on the red and blue lines. we have details on the closings this weekend on our website click on web links. if you want to lose weight, you may want to log off facebook and d.c. getting a new honor on capitol hill. shawn yancy has tonight's fox 5 top five. >> up first tonight one important statue is moving
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across the district. no. 5, the district statue of abolitionist frederick douglass is moving from judiciary square to capitol hill and join statues from each of the 50 states. douglass will be the third black american depicted in a statue on capitol hill. no. 4, scientists say long commutes could also send you to an early grave. a study found bad traffic is linked to lack of exercise, heart problems and stress. the best way to prevent it? give yourself enough time so that traffic doesn't get to you. no. 3, don't drive while taking anti anxiety drugs. a recent study found people involved in car accidents were more likely to have been taking that kind of medication. researchers are advising doctors to encourage patients not to drive while taking those psychotropic drugs. no. 2, nintendo is releasing its brand-new wii gaming system. this video shows the new
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touchscreen wii u game pad controller. the basic set sells for $300. the deluxe set for 350. no. 1, facebook could be making you fat. researchers in northern ireland surveyed more than 350 students about their levels of social networking. on average most students spent an hour a day social networking. researchers say that time cuts into time that could have been spent exercising and that's a look at tonight's fox 5 top five. an uninvited guest interrupted a weather forecast in arizona. take a look. >> can you see that right there? there's a giant spider on the chrome key. i'm not kidding. >> a large spider crawled down the green screen, freaked out the meteorologist during last night's 10:00 news. chuck george said he didn't know whether to point it out or not but eventually decided the spider was too big to go unnoticed. >> the first clue was the spider had a flee collar on. i would have been 5 miles down river road if that happened to
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me. >> at least he didn't scream. a couple days of enjoying this weather. >> absolutely. tomorrow will be a good day, too cloudier in the afternoon and maybe tomorrow night we might have a sprinkle or very light shower come through about this time. we've had great visibility on these early mornings. to get pictures like this if you are an amateur astronomer like bob larose. that's venus with the crescent moon below. they've been very spectacular in the early morning. venus is the real bright planet. the moon won't be around in the evening sky, so you can really see the milky way as well. get your binoculars, although tomorrow night might not be the night to do it, but thanks for sending those great shots in and beautiful visibility on these early mornings. let's take a tour of the weather headlines. again spotty shower, light shower or sprinkles late tomorrow night. that's about the only interruption in this great pattern because the within now looks good, too. i'll show you that forecast in a moment. high temperature today of 81
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degrees. you can see a big drop in temperature here. the high temperature today in st. louis was 88, but in wichita 63. here's where our front boundary is. this is the front that will move through our area about this time tomorrow night. what it will, do not only does it cloud us up a bit tomorrow afternoon, but it will probably bring a few showers in our direction. tonight we've still got clear skies. i can see some of the high thin clouds starting to develop over w of with and a few high thin milky clouds will be -- west virginia and a few milky clouds will be over our area. there will be a few spots in the 50s tonight and the suburbs definitely will head down to the 50s overnight but probably not as chilly as last night and a little fog could be around later tonight. mainly clear otherwise with the exception of patchy fog in some areas, 50s in the suburbs, 63 degrees for the district, light winds. tomorrow sun with afternoon clouds, temperature 83, but
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again i'm expecting the day to be d. 8 a.m. 67, noon 79 degrees, a lot of sunshine, some clouds by 5:00. we'll lose a little sunshine there but warm enough to get up to 83 degrees tomorrow and still sunny enough, 82 quantico, 76 annapolis, baltimore about 79 and martinsburg, i expect your high temperature to come in right around 80 degrees. we want to show you the weekend manner. we've got this front that will come through. it looks like most of the action is overnight and not much action. i think the front will run out of moisture. saturday maybe an early morning cloud, but i think sun will break through and a temperature of 78 degrees with a refreshing breeze out of the northwest. sunday about the same temperature, but we start out sunny and might cloud up later at night. that's from a system that will be developing down to the gulf coast that might start moving toward our area for monday. the weekend now looks really good, so nice that maybe you're tempted to take advantage of ocean city this weekend.
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the water is about 74 degrees. it will be partly sunny both days. notice the wind direction out of the northeast at 10. that's why those temperatures are similar to the water temperature at 74, our air temperature at ocean city this weekend between 75 and 78 degrees. high pressure will give ground this weekend of our front boundary swings through tomorrow night with only spotty showers and more high pressure for the weekend. here's your fox 5 accuweather seven-day forecast. it's a nice run of weather, but we change things up next week. call your attention to monday, tuesday and wednesday, showers all three days, upper 70s. this could turn into more significant rain depending on where an area of low pressure that's developing to our south decides to track. that's it for your seven-day forecast. enjoy your weekend. i know a lot of you are excited to watch those redskins. here's lindsay's sports report. this is the verizon 4g lte sports desk with lindsay murphy. >> the redskins are back on the road back in a dome this sunday
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in st. louis and they may face the rams without their top wide receiver pierre garcon. rg3's top target has a sore foot. he was very limited in practice today. coach is unsure if he'll play sunday. for the fifth year in a row the redskins are taking on a familiar opponent, the st. louis rams, and the teams have alternated victories. last year the redskins won 17- 10. the visit to st. louis marks the third straight year the skins travel there. the burgundy and gold lead the all time series 24-10-1. rams new head coach jeff fischer makes his home debut on sunday and the redskins know this is a team they cannot overlook. >> we've been playing them a while. i can't be honest with you and say i know them, but i just know that every time we play them they're a good opponent. that's somebody we can't take lightly. >> they got a new head coach this year, new scheme they're running offensively and defensively. so you can tell a difference in
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their ballclub this year. seems like they play a lot harder football. it will be a tough game. jeff fischer is a great coach. he'll have those guys well prepared. aaron rodgers and the packers taking on the bears in green bay tonight. late in the 2nd quarter packers up 3-0 and appear to attempt a field goal. the ball slipped to tight end tom crabtree who runs it in for the 27-yard touchdown. the packers go ahead 10 -0. 4th quarter one play after a jay cutler interception and aaron rodgers finds donald driver for a 26-yard td. the packers are up 23-10 now late in the 4th quarter. don't go away. after this break we're talking about the nats and how close they are to clinching the division. anncr: this casino's in west virginia.
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the nationals are off today, but there is still some news. according to several reports third base coach bill reporter is interviewing for the astros managerial job. this is porter's third season. he coached for the marlins and diamondbacks before coming to d.c. the nationals set up an mlb best 59-84 before the huge series in atlanta. they push their nl lead in the east to a season high 8 1/2 this week sweeping the mets while the braves were swept by the brewers. now the magic number for clinching the nl east is 11. the nats will face pitcher kris
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medlin. ross detwiler gets to start in search of his 10th win. here's manager davey johnson on the big series. >> we got a big series coming up friday and we need to show them we're supposed to be where we're at. this is a big series. we need to kind of drive the nail in their coffin over here and come into atlanta in a good frame of mind. that's what we're doing. >> davey johnson the bulldog. i like it. afternoon baseball, orioles looking to sweep the rays at home bottom 7 o's down 1-0 until taylor teagarden hit one to right center. manny machado will score. the orioles have a 2-1 lead. this game far from over going into extras, bottom of the 14th, two on for manny and he swings at a 3-0 pitch. adam jones comes around to score. the o's win 3-2 and they get their 80 first win of the --
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81st win of the year guaranteeing them their first nonlosing season since 1997. orioles remain tied with the yankees for the lead in the al east. that's all for sports, but the news edge will be right back. good night. >> the verizon 4g lte sports desk brought to you by verizon 4g lte. who would you choose ? wow. you guys take a minute. verizon, hands down. i'm going to show you guys another chart. pretty obvious. i don't think color matters. pretty obvious. what's pretty obvious about it ? that verizon has the coverage. verizon. verizon. we're going to go to another chart. it doesn't really matter how you present it. it doesn't matter how you present it. verizon. more 4g lte coverage than all other networks combined.
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this president can tell us it was someone else's fault. but this president cannot tell us that you're better off today than when he took office. [ female announcer ] here in virginia, we're not better off under president obama. his defense cuts threaten over one hundred thirty thousand jobs, lowering home values, putting families at risk. the romney plan? tax cuts for middle class families. north american energy independence. create over three hundred forty thousand new jobs for virginia. [ romney ] i'm mitt romney and i approved this message.
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taking the edge off with an inspiring first pitch before the white sox game last night. tom willis threw the first pitch with his feet. he doesn't have any arms but hopes to show fans that it is okay to be different.
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